FORGET Byron — even if it is home to Chris Hemsworth.
Why pay $1 million for a beach shack when you can spend a tenth of the price on one just as nice … in Barney Point?
The Thor actor might be spending $9 million to build a mega mansion by the sand, but you don’t have to be a celebrity to own your own beach pad this summer.
In fact, realestate.com.au has done the hard work for you and found Queensland’s 10 best beach bargain suburbs — all with a median house price of less than $300,000!
According to realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee the only reason many of these coastal areas are so cheap is because they simply lack year-round demand.
1. BARNEY POINT
With a median house price of just $115,500, there are beach bargains aplenty at Barney Point in Gladstone.
For the price of a powder room in a Palm Beach apartment, you can pick up this tidy, four-bedroom house in the beachside suburb for under $200,000.
The split-level property at 20 Brisbane Street is only minutes from Barney Point beach and the CBD and has plenty of yard room to put in a pool if you desire.
The agent is advertising the home as a “savvy investment” and a rare find given the market was “improving at an alarming rate”.
2. EAST INNISFAIL
The median house price in East Innisfail is only $160,000, but if your budget allows it, you can snap up a steal just a stone’s throw from the beach.
This three-bedroom, three-bathroom property in the nearby, popular holiday town of Flying Fish Point is the perfect weekender, holiday home or rental.
It even comes with a pool, solar power, a three-car garage and airconditioning.
3. FORREST BEACH
This little-known, north Queensland hideaway has a long sandy beach overlooking Orpheus Island, a hotel/motel, caravan park and some small shops — and that’s about it.
What more do you want for an idyllic getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke?
And with a median house price of $172,183, you can afford to buy your own beach shack there.
Like this cute three-bedder at 37 Bottlebrush, which comes with an above-ground pool, landscaped gardens and home office.
The tropical coastal town of Cardwell in the state’s far north is bouncing back after being battered by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
With an average house price of $190,000, it’s worth checking out what’s on offer.
A two-bedroom, two-bathroom house described as “resort style living” in Keith Williams Drive is currently for sale for $295,000.
The open plan living area overlooks a back deck and pool.
There’s even room for a boat, car and caravan.
And the owner will throw in some furniture if you desire.
5. GLADSTONE CENTRAL
It was hit hard by the mining hangover, but industry analysts believe Gladstone’s housing market has hit the bottom — and the only way is up.
The median house price is only $201,500, but that’s unlikely to last long.
Right now, a charming Queenslander in Glenlyon Street is on the market for just $170,000.
It has polished timber floors, new kitchen appliances, a large yard, and is within walking distance from the CBD.
6. BALGAL BEACH
The ultimate beach shack is waiting to be snapped up in this tiny coastal town, around 50km northwest of Townsville.
Sitting on a big block on the Esplanade, the three-bedroom house is close to the boat ramp at the mouth of Rollingstone Creek, allowing easy access for weekend fishing trips.
At just $320,000, beachside properties don’t come much cheaper than this.
7. MISSION BEACH
Property in Mission Beach ranges from humble homes to million-dollar beachfront mansions.
But with a median house price of $220,000, there are still plenty of affordable options.
This brand new two-bedder in Shelly Court is the ultimate investment at $335,000.
The home has a front timber deck, room for a pool and direct boardwalk access to the beach.
Why suffer scouring over pricey beach pads in Sunshine Beach when you get one for a couple of hundred thousand in Sarina, south of Mackay?
The price has been reduced on this restored cottage in Anzac Street, which is now up for grabs for $299,000.
Not only is it on a huge 911 sqm block, but the property also has three bedrooms, a veranda, a storage shed, chook run and vegetable garden — and is only minutes away from beautiful beaches and prime fishing spots.
The town of Bowen is now a well known tourism hot spot at the top of the Whitsundays, with eight beautiful beaches.
Yet despite its appeal, the average house price is only $237,000.
A five-bedroom home with ocean views from both levels at 14 Casuarina Street is on the market for $275,000 and marked “must sell”.
We doubt it will last long at that price.
10. GRASSTREE BEACH
Described as one of the most picturesque beaches in the Mackay region, Grasstree Beach is a hidden gem.
There is plenty of residential land up for grabs right now if you fancy building your own beach shack.
Otherwise, the price has been reduced on this Gold Street home on the headland, with uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea.
The house has four bedrooms, more than 1000 sqm of land and a full-length verandah.